African Universities in conjunction with National University Sports Federations (NUSFs) and the continental federation FASU joined the rest of the world to celebrate the International Day of University Sports as students engaged in different sports activities.

Officially endorsed by UNESCO and the International University sports federation (FISU), the annual event aims at promoting the role universities play in promoting sports world wide. So every September 20, student athletes around the globe celebrate this day. Today we take a look at how different universities in Africa celebrated this colorful day on the African continent.

For IDUS, celebrations in South Africa kicked off with a netball tournament on Monday which was live streamed for everyone to watch and ended the day with a live webinar where a panel of student leaders discussed the role of students in the development of sport in South African universities. Unlike in other countries where Universities gathered in one place to have their celebrations, in South Africa, universities celebrated individually.

“We opened our celebrations with a netball tournament and a webinar session later in the day. However individual universities in partnership with USSA engaged in different activities such as a virtual run and working out session that contributed to the wellness of the students and the community at large by the University of Johannesburg"

“Walter Sisulu University and Nelson Mandela organized aerobics, tug of war and 5km race all in the name of celebrating IDUS"  Tholoana Hope Peu, FISU student Ambassador, South Africa

The Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA), gave away amazing prizes of higher institution football league jerseys to the winners of the online photo and video challenge where students submitted their favorite university sports moments.  An aerobic workout session also organized in celebrations for IDUS.

In collaboration with FASU, the Association of Uganda University sports (AUUS) kicked off IDUS with a press conference in Kampala where students, media, public and stakeholders were sensitized about IDUS. The press conference was followed by a number of activities, rugby, handball, 3*3basketball and handball which engaged the community as well.  

Elsewhere on the continent,  the Zambian University Sports federation (ZASU),  organized games that included athletics, Rugby 7s, 3×3 basketball, cross country, Tennis, Table Tennis, and Netball Gents at Mukuba University from 17th-20th as a way of celebrating IDUS. Egypt through the National Sports Federation held a football tournament at the Tanta University Baltim camp. Somalia held an online webinar that discussed youth and sports and organized a basketball event

FASU crowned the week long IDUS celebrations on Monday 27th with an online quiz where students were tested on their knowledge about university sports, current trends and the history. FASU ran a webinar that attracted participants from 12 countries under the theme role of students in the growth of University sports in Africa.

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